UNISON Health Care Service Group Conference 2013

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The 2013 UNISON Health Care Service Group Conference takes place from 9.30am Monday 22 April to 4pm Wednesday 24 April 2013 at the SECC Glasgow.

The branch will be sending delegates and visitors to health conference and have submitted a number of amendments to motions, including the following one on Agenda for Change, about the changes which have now been agreed by the NHS Staff Council. Members who came to branch consultation meetings agreed they were willing to take industrial action to defend Agenda for Change, and that the changes are detrimental to Health Workers already facing attacks on working conditions, pension contributions and terms, and who have been subject to a pay freeze. The following is the text amendment which we hope to be able to discuss at Health Conference.

We believe defending Agenda for Change is not just the responsibility of branches but also the responsibility of our national Health Service Group Executive. We note that NHS employers proposed cuts to Agenda for Change of lack of unsocial hours payments in sick pay, reductions in incremental progression, generic profiles etc.

We censure the Health Executive for accepting these cuts to AfC despite clear conference policy from last year opposing any reductions in the pay or terms and conditions in AfC.

We make clear that we will not accept any further cuts in national pay or national terms and conditions and will not just fight local attacks on Agenda for Change but national attacks as well.

Please contact Caroline Ridgway for further information about health conference, if you are interested in attending as a visitor or to find out about the other amendments submitted by the branch.